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Wimbledon: Sania-Martina duo ace women’s double finals

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Wimbledon: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza defied all odds to win her maiden women’s doubles title at a Grand Slam event by clinching the Wimbledon crown with Swiss veteran Martina Hingis here.

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The top seeded duo made a remarkable comeback to beat Russian second seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 in two hours and 25 minutes in the final late on Saturday night.

This was Sania’s first women’s doubles title at Grand Slams though the World No.1 has three mixed doubles trophies at Major events. The only time before this she reached a Grand Slam final in women’s doubles was at the 2011 French Open.

This was also the Hyderabadi’s maiden final at the All England Club across all senior formats though she had won the girls’ doubles title here 12 years ago with Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova.

Martina, on the other hand, has two women’s doubles (1996, 1998) and one singles title (1997) to her credit that she won at the lone grass court Major. Saturday’s trophy comes after a long gap of 17 years.

This was also Sania and Martina’s, ranked No.1 and No.2 respectively, first Major final together.

The top seeds had a wobbly start as they were broken in the very first game of the match but reverted back to level in the next game when they broke Ekaterina and Elena.

The top two seeded pairs held on to their serves till the 10th game but the Russians broke Sania and Martina in the 11th game and then held serve in the 12th to clinch the first set and take the lead in the match.

The second set was even more hotly contested as neither pair even gave a breakpoint opportunity. The set entered the tie-break where the Indo-Swiss combine proved a tad bit better to win it and push the match into the deciding set.

The Russians responded strongly at the start of the third set. The 28-year-old Sania and Martina looked completely out of sorts as in no time they were already 2-5 down.

The Russian second seeds looked well on their way to victory when Sania and Martina staged an incredible comeback to win the next three games and level the set at 5-5.

It was then decided that the retractable roof was to be shut due to bad light. The players went indoors to take a 10-minute break and returned to play under artificial lights on Centre Court.

By now the momentum had swung in favour of the Indo-Swiss combine as they immediately broke Ekaterina and Elena to serve for the set which they easily completed in the next game to be crowned champions.

“For a match like this, the No.1 and No.2 seeds playing, it was the best match you could have asked for the tournament. It was unbelievably exciting to play. I really hope it was exciting to watch, too,” Sania said.

“Even when we were down, we knew we were giving everything we had on the court. These are the moments we worked years and years and all our lives for. This is what we play for. We feel really honoured to have won that match really.”

The 34-year-old Martina will return on Sunday evening to also play the mixed doubles final with India’s Leander Paes.

(IANS)

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Hindu Temple in Aldenham (UK) Hosts Global Visitors for Largest ‘Hare-Krishna’ celebrations in the world

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Janmashtami is the Hindu festival which celebrates Lord Krishna's Birth
  • Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple is located in Aldenham, England
  • The temple hosted the celebrations for Hindu Festival Janmashtami
  • It was able to attract 60,000 global visitors

England, August 17, 2017: The Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Temple, situated in England’s Aldenham, has hosted one of the largest ‘Hare-Krishna’ celebrations in the world.

Attracting a crowd of over 60,000 global visitors, the religious festival of Janmashtami was organized by the temple.

Janmashtami is a religious festival of Hindus that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Visitors from across the world had come to saw the religious gathering. The visitors get to witness the Hindu traditions and festivities, explore the temple and learn about Hindu rituals.

ALSO READ: Krishna Janmashtami 2017: Hindus in India and Abroad Gear Up to Celebrate birth of Lord Krishna

The Temple has hosted the biggest celebration outside of India. For the smooth running of the program and fun, more than 1500 volunteers are participating in the grand event.

For children, there will be many activities to keep them engaged on the auspicious day. Activites are planned such as henna, face painting, games, arts, and crafts. Additionally, vegetarian food will be provided to the visitors absolutely free of cost.

Sutapa Das, the local Monk, said to Borehamwood Times, “The festivities communicate the culture and teachings of ancient India in an extremely contemporary way.”

He also said that the fact that thousands of people coming from all over the world, all for one divine truth and purpose, will establish an energy of positivity. This will further inspire all the new guests who want to explore.

Srutidharma Das, the President of the temple, explained that since Janmashtami is one of the biggest religious festivals for Hindus, the festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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Birmingham Pragati Mandal: A Local Hindu Charity in UK Raises more than £3K for St. Mary’s Hospice

The vibrant evening included Indian traditional cuisines as well as Bollywood and Dance performances by Melody Express of London

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The members of Birmingham Pragati Mandal. Twitter
  • Birmingham Pragati Mandal is a local Hindu Charity in the city
  • The Hindu Charity hosted an event at Shree Krishna Temple in Sparkbrook
  • Through the event, Pragati Mandal raised a staggering £3,200 for the Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice

Birmingham (UK), August 16, 2017: Birmingham’s local Hindu Charity is known as the Birmingham Pragati Mandal. On Tuesday, the 15th August 2017, the Pragati Mandal organized a ‘Dinner and Dance’ event to raise funds crucial for the health of terminally ill families.

The event was hosted by the Hindu Charity at the Shree Krishna Temple in Sparkbrook. A total of 225 guests made it to the event to fund for the families that suffer a terminal illness.

ALSO READ: Dorset Indian Mela: Indian food festival on August 26 in UK to Showcase different varieties of Cuisine and Culture

The vibrant evening included Indian traditional cuisines as well as Bollywood and Dance performances by Melody Express of London.

The Pragati Mandal was able to raise funds over £3,200 which will be donated to Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice. The Hospice in Birmingham offers expert life care.

The volunteer ambassador of St. Mary’s Hospice, Polly Patel, stated that the evening was fantastic and it was impressive to see Pragati Manda’s efforts of bringing together so many people for a wonderful charity. The generosity of the people was acknowledged. He also mentioned that they money raised is expected to help around 1200 individuals and families across the city.

The CEO of the Birmingham Pragati Mandal, Raman Bulsara, also noted how the Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice runs on donations and charity for its “reliable services.”

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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Children’s Commissioner for England Warns against Overuse of Social Media among Children

Last year, industry watchdog Ofcom said the internet overtook television as the most popular media pastime for children in the UK.

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August 08, 2017: Parents must intervene to stop their children over using social media and consuming time online “like junk food”, according to a top official.

In an interview on Saturday, Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield slammed the ways social media giants use to draw children into spending more time.

Also Read: China’s Internet Censors Block ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Images on Social Media

She said parents should be proactive in stopping their children from bingeing on the internet in the summer holidays.

“It’s something that every parent will talk about especially during school holidays; that children are in danger of seeing social media like sweeties, and their online time like junk food,” the BBC quoted Longfield as saying in the interview.

“None of us as parents would want our children to eat junk food all the time.

“For those same reasons, we shouldn’t want our children to do the same with their online time.”

Last year, industry watchdog Ofcom said the internet overtook television as the most popular media pastime for children in the UK.

Children aged five to 15 are spending 15 hours a week on the internet, reports the BBC.

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A study earlier this year of screen time and mental well-being among teenagers suggested that moderate use of devices may be beneficial.

The research, which appeared in the journal Psychological Science, was based self-reported data from 120,000 15-year-olds in England. (IANS)